The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) invited all interested parties to join us at our Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) Bay Crossing Study Public Hearings. Originally scheduled for December, release of the DEIS was delayed due to concerns with rising state COVID-19 rates and associated restrictions. In following public health guidance and to ensure adequate opportunity for the public to comment, MDTA and its federal partners at the FHWA updated the roll-out schedule. The purpose of the Bay Crossing Study is to consider corridors for providing additional capacity and access across the Chesapeake Bay in order to improve mobility, travel reliability, and safety at the existing Bay Bridge.
The Public Hearings were made up of two components – this Public Hearing Virtual Information Room (VIR) and Live Testimony Sessions. The live testimony consisted of four call-in sessions, with two in-person opportunities also available. Each testimony session included the opportunity to provide public and one-on-one testimony. There was no formal presentation during the testimony sessions, and no responses to questions were given. Each testimony session followed the same format and was broadcasted on-line at baycrossingstudy.com and by telephone. Those who wished to listen live and/or leave their testimony by voicemail during the testimony session were able to do so. View the complete Virtual Information Room presentation as an accessible PDF.
The MDTA accepted comments during the comment period through May 17, 2021 via mail, email, and the project website.